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Indians stave off elimination for at least one more night

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Kirk Haviland's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning added at least one more day to the Swift Current Indians' 2011 Western Major Baseball League season as the Tribe defeated the Medicine Hat Mavericks 4-3 Monday night.

After blowing an early 3-0 lead, Swift Current native Luke Barry started a rally in the bottom of the ninth by drawing a walk. Jack Thompson took advantage of Medicine Hat playing a bunt down the first-base line by blooping a single over the third-baseman giving the Tribe runners on first and second with nobody out. A Maverick error loaded the bases for Haviland, who was just a couple feet short of ending the game with a walk-off grand slam home run.

Swift Current took advantage of having the bases loaded and nobody out earlier in the game to create their first lead of the night. The Indians managed to bring in three runs under that circumstance in the fourth inning. The Mavericks, however, made up those runs over the next two innings.

Alex Tufts, who started Game 3 for Swift Current, was charged with all three runs in five and tho-thirds innings of work. Chad Jones came in and shut down Medicine Hat the rest of the way, striking out five batters in the process, and recorded the win.

Swift Current needed to win Monday after dropping the first two games of the best-of-five West Division semifinal in Medicine Hat on the weekend — 5-1 in Game 1 and 7-4 in Game 2.

The Tribe will host Game 4 at Mitchell Field at 7:05 p.m. at Mitchell Field.

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